Should the United States ban the import of patriotic souvenirs that haven't been made in the USA?
On a recent trip to the Washington, D.C. area I felt sick to my stomach when I noticed nearly every patriotic item sold in a souvenir store had been made in China. Doesn't it make for common sense to have items that herald all the glories of the homeland to actually be made in the same country?
"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
Capitalism is antithetic to patriotism. Bottom line is all that matters. "Corporations are people"...get used to it.
Jefferson hit the proverbial nail on the head. I'll never get used to corporations being people.
My boss likes to hire non Americans because he can pay them less....they like it because the value of the money increases in their country. Win/win for all but the American worker.
Great quote by Jefferson...sadly, this is often the case. However, capitalism should not be seen as the enemy. When corporations and the like enter into partnerships and deals with the government, the individual American suffers.
As a disabled veteran that owns a flag store, I will answer this from the business side of things... You would think Valley Forge or Annin would love to help a veteran get started, not the case, unless I was ready to place a HUGE order 10 to 15,000 from the American made companies, so I searched, found a chinese company willing to sell me American flags,
Guess what I bought and sold them, I need to eat a little more then I need to worry about a greedy American company that loves people that will only buy American and make you pay for it...
Once I got rolling, and they started to see my numbers on eBay, I started getting contacted to sell their American made stuff all of sudden how much I needed to spend wasnt such an issue...
So before you go jumping all over vendors, maybe take a look at those great American Co, with such wonderful products you want the vendors to sell, and wonder if they let the little guy make a buck or two, or do they need a lien against their house to pay for it...
Just so you know, I am currently selling off all my chinese made flags and will only carry American made but it took me 5 years to build my business to where i was able to afford to do that...
And I served this country that you are talking about, shouldnt I have gotten a break??
Your argument is a sound one, but I think there is a groundswell now for american manufacturers to be more flexible. At least I hope that is now the case.
Thanks for your take on this, angelicwarriors. It's true that American businesses are not always able to do what they WANT to do when they want. Often they do what they HAVE TO do for a time.
I don't think it should be band, but it's just not the retailer buying and reselling items from China. American consumers do not want to pay a higher price for a product made in the U.S.A. With the economy, low wages and already inflated prices, you can't really blame them. All in all, I do understand your view on patriotic souvenirs; It is a bit disheartening, to buy a "GO ARMY" hat, and seeing the label, "Made in China."
Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you for asking this question, pagesvoice, and shining a spotlight on the tip of a major problem in the U.S.
I originally wrote a long answer, but decided that I'm going to devote a hub to the topic...perhaps more than one. It's a situation about which I'm passionate and deserves more than a brief answer.
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